Discover the Pulpit Rock Lookout in the Blue Mountains

Last updated: February 9, 2021

Pulpit Rock near Blackheath in the Blue Mountains is a large cliff edge with three lookout points spread across different levels. The lookouts are connected via a path with several sets of stairs.

An unsealed road and a short walking track will get you to the Pulpit Rock Lookout, offering panoramic views of the Grose Valley and surroundings.

How to Get There

The Pulpit Rock Lookout is located near Blackheath in the Blue Mountains. From the Great Western Highway, turn into Hat Hill Road and follow the signs to the lookout.

Keep in mind that the last stretch is an unsealed road with a few challenging bumps, but it can easily be conquered with a regular 2WD vehicle.

There is a small car park at the end of the road, but it does fill up quickly on busy days. From the car park it’s an easy 15 mins walk to the lookout.

The official address of the Pulpit Rock Lookout (map):

Pulpit Rock Track
Blackheath NSW 2570

Map of Pulpit Rock Lookout

 

Pulpit Rock Lookout

The Pulpit Rock lookout was first opened to the public in 1935 by Ernest Buttenshaw, the Minister for Lands in the New South Wales government.

Signpost at the Pulpit Rock car park
Signpost at the Pulpit Rock car park

What’s great about Pulpit Rock is that it is a multi-tiered lookout with several platforms on different levels.

Pulpit Rock Lookout as seen from above
Pulpit Rock Lookout as seen from above

A walking path with stairs connects the platforms.

Each platform offers a different perspective of the Grose Valley and all of them combined results in near 360-degree views of the surrounding scenery.

Plaque at Pulpit Rock
Plaque at Pulpit Rock

It’s not difficult to spend a few hours at Pulpit Rock to take in the panoramic views of the valley and mountain tops on the other side.

Valley views from Pulpit Rock
Valley views from Pulpit Rock

And without the big crowds, there is more opportunity to really take in the views, and also to practise those photography skills, especially at sunset or sunrise.

Also read:
>> Our list of the best lookouts in the Blue Mountains.

Pulpit Rock Track

The Pulpit Rock walking track is a spectacular 3.5 km bushwalk between Pulpit Rock and Govetts Leap, following the edge of the cliff around Grose Valley.

This track passes several lookout points, with each lookout offering different views of the valley and waterfalls in the area.

This map gives you an idea of where this track is located:

Map and route of Pulpit Rock Track

Pulpit Rock Track
Distance:3.5 km (one way)
Time:2 hours
Grade:Moderate (some steep sections)
Dogs:Not allowed

Closer towards Govetts Leap, the track intersects with the Popes Glen Track, which follows the Popes Glen Creek back into Blackheath.

Govetts Leap was named after William Govett, a painter and surveyor, who was the first European settler to have visited this area.

Valley views from Pulpit Rock

According to the plaque at the lookout, he first discovered this beautiful spot almost two centuries ago, in June 1831.

From Govetts Leap, it’s possible to extend this bushwalk adventure by heading to the Evans Lookout via the Cliff Top walking track.

 

Pulpit Rock lookout point in the Blue Mountains

 
 
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